Thesis Details

Thesis Title: Factors Affecting Perceived Comfort of Selected Flame Retardant Cotton/Nylon Work Wear Fabrics
Thesis Author: Cass Jackson
Abstract: Garment level tests show that wear comfort of a set of FR Cotton/Nylon fabrics is most influenced by perceived tactile sensation rather than by differences in breathability or moisture management. Tactile properties are associated with measurable fabric mechanical properties pertaining to stretch and flexibility. Environmental temperature and humidity is shown to be a strong influence on wear comfort. Despite measured differences in fabric air permeability in laboratory tests, these differences did not translate into differences in comfort perception for this set of work wear shirts in the wear trial. This study indicates that the sweating plate and instrumental manikin results related to heat loss are more indicative of human comfort response than measures of air permeability and moisture vapor transmission of these materials.